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Elder Abuse Lawyer in Rockford, IL

Published on September 13th, 2021

Personal Injury Attorney in Rockford, IL for Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Elder Abuse Lawyer in Rockford, IL

When you are searching for a nursing home for an elderly family member, such as a parent or grandparent, you are looking for a place that will provide comfort, safety, and quality care. Elderly individuals are some of the most vulnerable people in our lives, and this is why it is so important we entrust their care and wellbeing to a reliable facility.

Unfortunately, sometimes we notice our loved ones who reside in nursing homes are suddenly acting out of character, or we notice unusual signs that make us question if they really are receiving the best treatment in their new home. It is during these times that suspicions arise and we have to determine whether or not our loved one is suffering from some type of abuse.

Signs of Elderly Abuse and Neglect

Fear or a change in personality are both normal responses to abuse in a nursing home. Sometimes, elderly individuals with dementia or mental deterioration exhibit unusual behavior that can resemble normal reactions to physical or emotional abuse. This means that signs of abuse or neglect can be mistaken as symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other similar conditions associated with old age. However, no one knows these individuals better than their families. Therefore, it is important to investigate suspicious activity and behavior as soon as it surfaces.

Self soothing behavior, such as mumbling, thumb sucking, or rocking in place can be signs of abuse. Extreme shifts in personality and behavior should also not go ignored. Additionally, if you pick up on tension, stress, or fear from your family member when you visit them, especially if this occurs when a particular staff member is close to your loved one, that is a definite sign something could be wrong.

An elderly individual stuck in this kind of situation is unlikely to say anything, either because they are afraid, have been threatened, or cannot fully comprehend and communicate what is happening to them. In these cases, further neglect and/or abuse is likely to occur.

Signs of Physical Abuse

Physical signs of abuse can manifest as visible injuries such as unexplained welts, scars, burns, dislocations, bruises, and other possible injuries. Things such as broken eyeglasses, ruined clothing, or even the reluctance of a staff member to leave you and your loved one alone for too long, can also be indicators of abuse.

In cases of sexual abuse, some signs can include genital or urinary tract infections, STDs, or bruising around the breasts and/or genitals.

Signs of Neglect

Neglect is when the basic needs of your loved one are not being met. Neglect can easily become abuse or lead to serious injury and death. Such instances of neglect include serious consequences like bedsores, skin infections, listlessness, weight loss, dehydration, illness such as pneumonia (can occur from inhaling food or water during mealtimes), and more.

Nursing home staff may fail to provide proper nutrition, change soiled bed linens and clothing, bathe residents, or perform other assigned duties which eventually results in illness.

Discovering your loved one is suffering at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them can be devastating. If you realize your loved one is stuck in this kind of situation, or that your family member’s death was a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is time to contact an experienced elder abuse attorney.

The American Law Firm

If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in Belvidere, Rockford, or the surrounding areas, contact the American Law Firm today to request an appointment. Our team is here for you and your family when nursing homes fail to live up to their promises, or cause your loved ones harm. We have the experience necessary to get you and your family the justice you deserve.

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